We are at the suite at the W, and we hear Wendy interview that their living situation is odd because Kara Saun is not speaking to her. Wow, this has been days. I'm a grudge-holder but I can't go very long without speaking to people. Kara's good. Finally, Jay tells Kara Saun that he's uncomfortable because she's not speaking to Wendy but he is. (They're preparing to leave as Wendy's at the door, here for this). Kara Saun replies brightly, "Yeah, you're talking to her. It was fake." Jay responds that he's only being cordial. Wendy says flatly, "You know, it is a little bizarre that you live in a room and you don't speak to me." Kara Saun: "I know, but, you know, I'm not fake." Kara Saun still has a pretty measured tone, but she's really pissed off by Wendy.
In an effort to understand and perhaps control my intense dislike for Wendy Pepper, I've tried to retrace her actions to find out what exactly went wrong. First, she almost immediately tried to create some stupid alliance which never seemed to get off of the ground. As well, she shit-talked Kevin and Austin on the runway. I'd say that she was an unenthusiastic team member when Austin was leading, but he didn't seem to have a problem with her, so, that was my own perception. And, there was the time she kind of stole from Kara Saun; though it could be argued that, since Nancy O'Dell was wearing that same color when they met her, they were both stealing from Nancy O'Dell. Otherwise, unless we missed it, the majority of Wendy's bad behavior has simply been in her interviews. She has been mean -- and fake as well, since she didn't really say any of the shit that she talked on camera to anyone's face. That's enough to make you hate a person, but it seems like no one wants to just say, "You hurt my feelings and I don't like you anymore." They feel stupid, like they were naïve and Wendy made fun of them. Kara Saun, who seems to have a fairly childlike spirit (her family photo shows that she is the youngest of five), seems most bothered. It's embarrassing to acknowledge that you were nice to someone who was saying shitty things, not just about you, but about you being nice in the first place. They aren't going to really make their point, though, if they focus their ire on the things she did in competition, because they weren't that influential (save Kevin's elimination). Now, as audience members, we are really the people who have the right to hate Wendy (and it's safe to say that the fellow designers dislike her more from an audience perspective than from the fellow-competitor angle). We were privy to every delusion, every needlessly nasty comment, and every undeserved breakdown. My point? I'm trying to suss out whether we have be directed to hate Wendy. I don't think that's the case. You can edit people's actions in the grand scheme of things, but Wendy's most damnable moments take place in interviews, when she is speaking her mind. Juxtaposition of her thoughts may have intensified some of those feelings, but she said what she said. My hate shall flow unfettered.